169 Bears and Resentments
What do resentments and bears have in common? There is an anecdote that carries a useful message for alcoholics. A party of hunters left they campfire unattended, with a kettle of water boiling on it. A bear came into the camp looking for food, when he saw the kettle lid dancing about, he promptly seized it. The boiling water scalded him badly; but instead of dropping the kettle, he proceeded to hug it tighter-this being the bear’s defense idea of defense. Of course, the tighter he hugged it the more it burned him; and the more it burned him the tighter he hugged it: and so on in a vicious circle, to the undoing of the bear. This is a perfect example how I experience hugging my resentments. Rehearsing the resentment over and again; and the more it hurts the more I add to it. The bear fact is, I’m doing far more harm to me than the one I resent. I would be much better-off using the "F" word over and over again; FORGIVE – FORGIVE – FORGIVE.
1. When you experience resentments do you hug them? (Example)
2. Has the AA program thought you to use the "F" word (forgiveness) quickly?